After the 2021 refresh, we are pretty sure that the current generation of Honda’s pickup has a few more good years before it receives a complete overhaul. This also clearly indicates that the 2023 Honda Ridgeline is about to carry on in the same, with familiar design characteristics and features. Of course, minor updates are always possible, but we don’t expect to see many of them in the next year. Some sources speculate about the possible addition of a hybrid engine, but we believe that the Japanese manufacturer won’t offer such a powertrain before the complete redesign.
All in all, you may count on familiar design characteristics and features. This pickup looks good from the outside and great from the inside. Furthermore, the cabin is spacious while the level of comfort is impressive for a pickup truck. Finally, you may count on a refined V6 engine, which offers pretty solid performances.
As there are no notable changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Honda Ridgeline will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022.
2023 Honda Ridgeline Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline will be a typical carryover model. So, we are about to see a familiar layout, which hasn’t changed since 2016. However, keep in mind the last year’s facelift. This update has brought a completely new front end styling, so we could say that the current model still looks fresh and competitive.
Of course, the mechanical aspect will also remain the same. This pickup rides on a unibody platform, which is rather untypical for the segment. However, the benefits of such a design are pretty nice, especially if you care about ride quality. This model offers handling and comfort that’s way superior compared to any other model in the class. On the other hand, the downside of this design is a lower level of overall capability, especially when it comes to towing. This pickup can tow up to 5.000 pounds, while most BoF pickups can tow way over 7.000 pounds.
This is another strong point of the Ridgeline. Compared to other mid-size trucks, this cabin looks very car-like. The driving position is like in any crossover, while the overall interior quality is impressive. You can find plenty of soft-touch materials around the cabin, while there is also a lot of attention to detail. There is also a decent number of standard and available tech features, which all make this cabin look even nicer.
Besides good build quality, this cabin also offers plenty of space. You may count on two comfortable rows of seats, which both accommodate adults with ease. Behind the seats, you may count on a decent 5-foot, 4-inch bed.
We might see a few novelties in this aspect but most of the things are about to remain the same. Therefore, the base 2023 Honda Ridgeline should come standard with goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a seven-speaker stereo, push-button start, remote start, proximity keyless entry, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Additionally, there will be a long list of options, which should include goodies like a moonroof, wireless device charging, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, an eight-speaker stereo, two more USB ports, and an in-bed audio system.
When it comes to safety features, all models should come standard with goodies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. We also count on upgrades like parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
2023 Honda Ridgeline Engine
Things under the hood won’t change either. So, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline will continue with the well-known, super-smooth 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, which puts out around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The engine is very refined and also delivers plenty of power. Furthermore, it comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which also does a pretty fine job. Front-wheel drive is standard, while you can also get versions will AWD setup.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which are typical ratings for the class. Of course, models with all-wheel drive are slightly thirstier.
Also, some rumors speculate about the possibility to see a new, hybrid powertrain. We think that Honda will leave electrification for the next generation.
2023 Honda Ridgeline Release Date and Price
The 2023 Honda Ridgeline should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022, with a starting price of around 36.500 dollars. Key competitors are models like Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon, Jeep Gladiator etc.